If you’re a Parks and Recreation fan you probably know all about GALentine’s Day! Leslie Knope (aka Amy Poehler) created and celebrated GALentine’s Day on the show because ladies need love!
“Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” – Leslie Knope
If you haven’t checked out Parks and Rec, which aired on NBC, I highly encourage you to do so. So many memorable moments and characters, two of my favorites were Tom Haverford and Jean Ralphio. They are quite possibly the best duo since Thelma & Louise or Hamburger & Fries. They make me LOL something serious!
It’s not about the kids, the husbands or boyfriends, but about spending time with meaningful women in your life to laugh, eat, talk and enjoy time together. Can GALentine’s Day be EVERY day?!
While I’ve never been much of a fan of Valentine’s Day (however, I’ll happily eat all the chocolate), the idea of GALentine’s Day really intrigued me, so when my fellow Boston blogger pal Quiana of Harlem LoveBirds mentioned she was hosting a GALentine’s Party I slid up in her DM’s and let her know I wanted IN! Time away from laundry, a nursing obsessed toddler and moody teen? Yes, please!! Quiana promised us, ladies, a day of brunch, pampering with Arbonne and an hour-long yoga session with BosYogi aka Linette Bullock.
Check out some photos of our GALentine’s Day celebration!
This past Saturday, Quiana and a few other mamas joined together to munch of freshly baked banana bread, fruit, snacks, coffee, and chocolate and spend an afternoon stretching it out and making new connections. It was such a relaxing afternoon and I realized on my way home that I really don’t give myself many opportunities to unplug away from the kids with friends in person. It’s absolutely something I tell myself is a priority, but it just never makes it up to the top of the to-do list.
Why is that?
It’s so easy for me, and many people, especially women, to push our self-care to the bottom of our to-do lists. Since I gave birth to my son in 2017 and made the intentional decision to work from home, I’ve missed out on the day to day interactions with friends and co-workers that you just can’t get from behind a phone or computer screen. We don’t have any babysitters on call, so my partner and I share childcare responsibilities and are on a tight budget, which makes self-care and pampering sessions seem like a luxury we can’t afford.
Spending time with Quiana and the other mamas reminded me of the power of sisterhood, real-life connections and the healing power of laughter. I was able to learn more about Quiana and gain insight into the amazing work she is engaged with including speaking at Alt Summit (again!) and volunteering with Moms Demand Action in MA. I also met a teacher who is also a doula, so I’ll be connecting with her to talk more about her experience as I continue my doula certification with Birth Arts International. While we all talked a ton about our kids, all the sleep we aren’t getting, how the winter makes our skin dry and remedies for our dark circles, it was just so wonderful and relaxing to take time for me, and to be welcomed in by a group of women I didn’t know for a day to just be present and take care of ourselves.
I was reminded that self-care doesn’t always look like brunch, yoga, and pampering (though I wouldn’t oppose if it did!) and that I don’t give myself enough credit for taking the time to pause, be present and take care of myself on a day to day basis. For instance, last night, I made the time to make a bentonite clay/apple cider vinegar clay mask after my shower followed by lathering myself in Organic Bath’s luxurious Peaceful body butter. I was introduced to Organic Bath a month ago at a vision board and yoga event (thanks Quiana!) where I met the founder, Gianne and got to experience her amazing products during yoga. Peaceful smells absolutely heavenly, it super smooth to apply and most importantly their products are free from harsh chemicals.
Self-care looks different for everyone, but I guarantee you (and I) have time for it. Shifting our perspective from looking at self-care as a luxury to self-care as a necessity can truly help recognize the power of taking care of you.
Shoutout to Quiana, a most gracious host, for an awesome par-tay!
Happy GALentine’s Day, friends 🙂